Mention park model mobile homes and you immediately conjure up images of low class trailer parks.
You may want to rethink that misconception, especially here in Arizona, hundreds of thousands of people enjoy this lifestyle for both second and/or permanent homes.
It is far from low class, in fact I refer to the park model communities that we are familiar with as stationary cruise ships...With multitudes of activities and amenities.
The only thing low about this lifestyle is the price of admission.
We visit good friends in central Oregon every summer.
In fact Oregon would be where we would have retired except for the harsh winters.
Our friends, Doug and Judy Anderson, have a spacious Oregon home set on 6 acres of a pine tree forest.
They used to visit family and us in Arizona every March to watch the Seattle Mariners in spring training.
In November 2009 they purchased the above home in Mesa, Arizona...home to very many park model communities... probably 75% are second homes for snowbirds.
They now enjoy their second home and spend 4 to 5 months a year in Arizona during the winter.
This unit 40' x 12', has about 33% more space than our RV
They paid $15,000 for this used home in a park model community of 1000 units... their monthly HOA fees are $350 a month.
You can spend as little as $5000 for an older model... or as much as $50,000 for a brand-new unit including appliances.
For about $500 we removed the carpet, replaced it with a hardwood floor and repainted the entire unit. The unit now looks great.
There are very few of us that cannot scrape together $15,000 for a home, throw in the great Arizona weather and you can see why park bottle mobile homes offer another frugal retirement living option.
Still feel that you cannot afford to retire?